The Virginia Union University Panthers never give up, even after four consecutive defeats to open the season, they pulled out a victory over Livingstone for Union’s first win of the year. The Panthers are on an official two-game win streak after a big win CIAA win at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and now return to Richmond for Homecoming Saturday at Hovey Field against Chowan University. VUU is now 2 -4 following an 0 – 4 start. The Panthers showing a lot of team character.
Virginia State remained unbeaten at 3 – 0 in the CIAA and ran their record to 5 – 1 following a 51 – 28 rout of Elizabeth City State. The Trojans have a young team, and a new coach, Latrell Scott, who has guided State to one of their best starts ever in 2013. VSU sems to be staying focused on the “bigger prize” as Homecoming 2013 convenes at Roger’s Stadium against Bowie State University. A win on Saturday would move the Trojans a step closer to that “prize”, which of course is the CIAA North title.
In FCS play, the University of Richmond is coming off another tough loss at James Madison, and now face a long trip to Rhode Island on Saturday with a two-game losing streak. The Spiders still have a chance to make a playoff run, but that run must begin this weekend. In the MEAC, the schedule has been unkind to Norfolk State and as a result, the Spartans are 2 – 4, and couldn’t be more happy about playing their next three games in Norfolk, beginning with this weekend’s “Battle Of The Bay” against arch-rival Hampton University. The Pirates are on a ONE game win streak after getting their first victory of the season last week at North Carolina A & T, so this one could be interesting Saturday at Dick Price Stadium.
Former UR Coach Mike London is having a tough season in Charlottesville and if the season is going to turn around for the Cavaliers, it HAS to start this weekend at home against Duke. To say it is a MUST win is putting it lightly as UVA is about to get into the heavyweight part of their schedule with three Top-25 teams coming up plus a tough Georgia Tech team and North Carolina will be no pushover. In Blacksburg, the 19th ranked Hokies of Virginia Tech continue to impress, winning it’s sixth straight. Tech is sitting pretty with a 6 – 1 record, undefeated in the ACC, they have this weekend off with Duke and Boston College up next.